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Classic Gluten Free Pound Cake

Classic Gluten Free Pound Cake

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews!

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

Why is it called a pound cake?

A traditional pound cake is so named because it’s made with a pound of flour, a pound of butter, a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs. Even so, most of the pound cake recipes I have shared with you have called for both butter and cream cheese.

But there’s certainly something to be said for tradition. And this is precisely the sort of pound cake that is perfect for layering into a lovely warm-weather trifle with all sorts of colorful berries.

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

Gluten free pound cake means tweaking the original formula

I’ve said it before, and at the risk of making you cross with me I’ll say it again: gluten free baking requires gluten free recipes. So the traditional formula for a pound cake just doesn’t work perfectly for gluten free.

This recipe in particular (unlike most recipes for pound cake) only makes 1 loaf, so it’s more like a half pound of this, a half pound of that as a starting point anyway.

Feel free to double, though, if you’re looking for 2 loaves or you’d like to make the recipe in a bundt or tube pan (just watch the baking time).

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

The batter is smooth and silky, and very thickly pourable. Once you add the eggs to the beaten butter and sugar mixture, it may look a bit curdled but it will smooth right back out when you add the flour mixture.

As always in baking, the temperature of the ingredients very important. In a recipe this simple, it’s especially important. The butter and eggs must be at room temperature for everything to combine properly.

If you add cold eggs to room temperature butter, the butter will clump. To bring cold eggs to room temperature, place them in a warm water bath and allow them to sit for about 15 minutes.

Cold butter can be chopped and microwaved for 10 seconds, no longer. Be sure to stop before the butter melts. If you don’t blend the ingredients properly, the butter will clump and then melt and leak out during baking.

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

There’s nothing else quite like the smooth baked interior and slightly crispy, perfectly browned crust of a traditional pound cake. The crumb of a pound cake is tighter and the cake itself denser than vanilla cake, but not at all dry. 

This tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

It’s not too far off the 1:1:1:1 ratio of traditional “pound” cake, but the adjustments make it just as good made gluten free as it is made with gluten. We might have to get there a slightly different way, but we’ll get there.

 
Gluten free pound cake raw in pan, baked whole, and sliced on a plateThis tested recipe for traditional gluten free pound cake is the moist and tender, dense and buttery, just like you remember. It always gets rave reviews! https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/classic-gluten-free-pound-cake/

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 1 loaf pound cake

Ingredients

16 tablespoons (224 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar

9 ounces (about 4 extra-large or 5 large) eggs at room temperature, beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)

1 cup 9 tablespoons (220 g) all-purpose gluten free flour*

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

*I really like this recipe even better when it’s made with gluten free cake flour, which is a blend of 82% all purpose gluten free flour + 18% cornstarch. In this recipe, that would be 180 grams all purpose gluten free flour + 40 grams cornstarch.

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease well a standard loaf pan (about 9-inches x 5-inches, or a bit smaller) and set it aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed until it is light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and then the eggs (slowly, while the mixer is on low speed) and vanilla, beating after each addition until well-combined. Turn the mixer speed up to medium-high, and beat until smooth.

  • In a small bowl, place the flour blend, xanthan gum and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the flour mixture, about ¼ cup at a time, to the mixer bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter will be thick but soft and smooth. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top with a wet spatula. Carefully bang the bottom of the pan a few times on the counter to release any air bubbles.

  • Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking, until lightly golden brown all over and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 50 minutes). Remove from the oven and place the cake, still in the pan, on a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan and allowing to cool completely.

  • This recipe was originally published on the blog in 2013. The photos have been updated to showcase the true beauty of this gluten free pound cake, and the recipe has been modified just a bit. 

Love,
Nicole

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  • Betty Fiorani
    October 25, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    I baked this cake today. Something went terribly wrong. First I don’t understand the recipe. How much flour do you use? 1 Cup 9 Tbls. Are you telling me 2 Cups of flour or explaining how many tbls make a cup. I wasted alot of money on this cake. Very disappointed.

    • October 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      Betty, there are 16 tablespoons in a cup. The “1 cup 9 tablespoons” is one cup of flour (16 tablespoons) + 9 more tablespoons flour. That is 7 tablespoons less than 2 cups of flour. You will always have the most success baking when you bake by weight, which is why I provide the total weight of flour as 220 grams.

  • Gary
    August 30, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Hello. I just made this pound cake using the America’s Test Kitchen basic flour recipe for the ‘flour’ portion. The cake came out very well, however, a lot of the butter seems to have gravitated to the bottom, and I can actually squeeze the butter right out of the slice of cake. Do you by chance know what happened? Thanks very much

  • louetta
    August 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Can you add lemon to this and make a lemon pound cake…my favorite?

    • October 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      I don’t see why not, louetta!

  • Loretta Sorapuru-Malter
    July 31, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Thanks so much for the hard work and dedication, it is greatly appreciated. I gave the gluten-free pound cake a try. I used your recipe for the all-purpose flour. I am also trying to drastically cut down/eliminate refined sugar so I substituted granulated sugar with coconut palm sugar (1.25 cup for the required 1cup). It changed the color . . . a little browner, but the pound cake was great. And I didn’t feel guilty about having it.
    I am the mother of two Autistic sons, and years ago we tried to go gluten-free. It was EXTREMELY difficult, and costly. There was so much resistance that we were not able to continue. I made the pound cake but didn’t mention to the boys that it was (gasp) gluten-free. They started eating it before it had a chance to cool. That pound cake did not see the light of another day. . . . they are ready for me to make another.
    I truly appreciate the time and effort you take to test and refine these recipes. Next challenge will be the Japanese Cheesecake.

  • Louise
    July 24, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Hello, I’ve just made this cake, and followed the recipe 100 %, but it’s come out quite dense and very heavy. Does it really not need some sort of raising agent, like baking soda or baking powder?

    • July 25, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      Hi, Louise,
      I’m sorry this pound cake recipe didn’t turn out for you. I know how frustrating that can be. However, it’s one of the best-tested recipes I have, as I have made it well over a dozen times. A pound cake gets its rise from the eggs, not from any sort of chemical leavener like baking soda or baking powder. Pound cake is not a fluffy, vanilla cake, it is more dense by design. However, if yours was overly dense, I’d always look first to the flour blend you are using as they are not all created equal. Then, be sure you are measuring by weight, and using an oven thermometer to check your oven’s temperature as most ovens are improperly calibrated.

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